History has been written as first female muslim women speaks as a Government Minister in the House of Commons.

Nusrat Ghani was awarded the job of Transport Minister by Prime Minister Theresa May in last week’s reshuffle.

Born in Birmingham to immigrant parents from Kashmir, she studied at Birmingham City University where she gained interest in politics. In 2010 She was the Conservative candidate for Birmingham Ladywood, losing to Labour candidate Shabana Mahmood.

Ms Ghani became an MP in 2015 when she was elected to represent Wealden, in East Sussex.

She said: “Today marks an important moment for me, as the first female Muslim Minister to stand at the despatch box in the House of Commons.

“As many people know, this year is also a significant milestone in this country, as 2018 marks 100 years of votes for women. I hope that today, young people can see that regardless of their background, heritage or faith, there will be a warm welcome on the green benches – and no matter where you are from, you can achieve your dreams and ambitions.

“I am thrilled to be a Minister at the Department for Transport, which is working hard to encourage more diversity in the transport sector. I’m excited to meet head on the opportunities and challenges that this new role this will bring.”

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “We’re the party to provide… the first Muslim woman minister to speak from the government dispatch box – the member for Wealden.

“I congratulate her – I’m very proud to sit alongside her.”


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